Romney protest held outside Westminster dog show

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NEW YORK (AP) -- A protest outside the Westminster dog show aimed at Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has drawn about a dozen demonstrators and a few pooches.

The half-hour protest Tuesday in front of Madison Square Garden took issue with Romney's oft-told story of traveling with his Irish setter. Romney said he put the dog inside a crate and strapped it to the roof rack for a 12-hour drive on a 1983 family vacation.

Protest spokeswoman Kitty Hendrix says the Dogs Against Romney website has about 25,000 members. The protesters held signs that said "Mitt is Mean" and "Dogs Aren't Luggage." A pug and a bull terrier joined their owners at the demonstration.

American Kennel Club spokeswoman Lisa Peterson says putting a dog in a crate for car travel is the first step toward responsible dog ownership. But she says the second step is putting that crate inside the car.